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Is it essential to conduct due diligence background checks?

Well, for starters, if we are to go by the analysis of the recent cases such as  Goldenscape Greenhouses and Ekeza sacco scandals; where investors are said to have lost millions in Kes of their life savings and loans borrowed to an investment that ended up at the gates DCI Kenya.

Clearly, there is a need to gain some knowledge and understanding by conducting due diligence before one is to venture in any investments. What’s more, you can be sure, with the creativity of Kenyans, more scams will be coming in the near future.

Secondly, from the experiences shared by the investors who lost their money, one key characteristic stood out, neither of the investors had taken their time to research the location of the company or to do a site visit of where the land and green houses were said to be, even just out of curiosity, and just to  be certain they existed in the first place.

Most of them had simply trusted the wave and the thirst to get their hands on the high returns within a short period had blinded them into assuming the obvious red flags.

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  • aggressive advertising on TV and social media
  • promise of ultimately getting high returns within a short span of time
  • Companies run more like a one man’s show are key indicators’ that something could be amiss.

Also, any long investor or business person in this modern economy knows too well , before they inject any capital into any investment , they have to investigate the market, ask around on how previous or similar investments have performed or are performing , if the investment will lead to the growth of the economy as this will ensure they get high returns and lower the risk of losing their initial capital. They are also well aware that high risk and where the investment return period is more than one year, they stand to gain more.

Simply put, to do due diligence is to do research be it for a potential investment, business, partnership, merger, supplier and or when loan lending, to ascertain the legitimacy, existence, accuracy and value of the investment. In other words, due diligence is the care taken by an individual or company before committing to an agreement or venture.

While, due diligence background checks, involves more of the processes, procedure or steps taken to further verify the credibility of the individual or company one is to transact with be it locally or internationally.

Due diligence background checks are also carried out as regulatory requirement, reputational purposes and where either of the parties transacting would have been adversely mentioned in media.

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In this regard, to effectively conduct due diligence background checks, CFE. Judy Ratanya advices one to apply the below simple techniques:
  1. Google search – You will be surprised by how much a simple google search and social media search which can be done at the comfort of your home, at work or in traffic, can help you gather information regarding an individual or company. From the company’s website, one can tell the location of the company, physical address, how long the company has been in existent, who they mainly trade with and even google reviews. While for an individual, social media channels such as Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn can give a snapshot of an individual.

This way, you will derive some comfort that the individual or company you be investing with are legit and to some extent the risk involved with the investment will be lower as well as the chances of financial loss.

  1. Hire an expert such as professional investigator (this could be an individual or company), which is a safer option – involving the expertise and specialized advise never goes wrong, yes you may have to part with a few coins for the consultancy services offered, but you can create a rapport with the expert and bargain your way out.

As a matter of fact, we all like listening to the professionals and we value their opinions. Sometimes we may not agree or be happy with what they have to say but we go ahead and action on what that Lawyer, Accountant, Financial Advisor, Banker or Realtor says. So then why not take that shot, go for that expert in the field of due diligence background checks who can customized your needs, be it before you hire an employee, you sign that merger agreement, you give out that loan or you cash in that new business. Trust me you will forever be grateful and smile your way to banking in your investments return.

  1. Use the respective registration body to check if a company is registered or regulated– where companies registered with regulatory bodies such as Capital Market Authority, Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority and Central Bank of Kenya, it becomes easier to transact with them , with these companies there is some form of protection and assurance that one will be able to get their money bank should something go wrong.

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Could Mpesa Aid in Extensive Contact Tracing in Covid-19?

Now that the ball is on all citizens to do their part in COVID-19 adaptation, let me do my part as an Investigations Experts and say something about effective Contact Tracing.

We already have several money transfer services like mpesa, Airtel, Yucash and others that you’ve never heard of….

How widespread is their coverage???

How Much Do they cost??

I’m getting to the point… just reason with me here…

Mostly likely its free... so, we use it more often…

Now, imagine you tried your very best to limit your movements and beat curfew and then PAP!!! COVID-19 +…

mhhh… where was I  14 days ago?????…. Ayayaiyayayayai…..

Who have I met in the past 6 days….

Anyways, here’s something that will help you keep track…

But, I insist,

LIMIT YOUR MOVEMENTS IF YOU HAVE BAD MEMORY LIKE ME

okay, now that mobile money and cash transfers is free to some limits and you get statements… still with me????

you check your mpesa statement as from 14 days ago and see who you paid for what and which delivery did you make to who or whom and so forth…

Call them and ask them how they are…

Do your civic duty and give the MOH your mpesa statement… or just previews of what matters in the statement.

There are several apps that are being developed to assist with this.

What if each of us just did their part…

 

 

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Avoid Online Trade Scams in 10 Simple Steps

How can I Privately Investigate a Company/Person Online?

You can use google to do private investigation in 10 simple ways and I will take you through each step.

  1. Search “Private Investigation Firms”
  2. Find a list who are all “The Best…”
  3. Visit a number of Sites (Avoid ADS)
  4. How long has each been Online?
  5. How FRUSTRATED are the online clients? Do I want to join the list?
  6. Conduct an Impromptu Office Visit
  7. Make Contact & Business
  8. Get some records for transaction in-case of dispute
  9. Relax and wait for delivery of service.
  10. CONTACT LY DETECTIVES WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

With the emergence of Working From Home Culture, online crime has sky rocketed. Quarantine and travel restrictions has made most businesses go online. Just how safe are you online?

How exactly can you conduct an effective business and avoid fraudsters online?

You’re probably seated somewhere at home in your country and you decide to use the great internet (Google) to find a firm that you will hire to conduct a certain service.

Now, time to decide which among “THE BEST” you want to at least call…

Take it from me, IGNORE ADS. Or if you prefer to WASTE TIME, click on the ads and you start going to sites you wish you never visited but damage is done. Perhaps you have a lot of time during your quarantine…

Go straight past the ADS and Maps to the organic results and start your research. Only use the map results when you’ve already finished your basic free research and want to make the call

Focus on the duration the private investigation company has been engaging online. You can do this by a simple click on their social media handle like “face-book“or “Linked in“.

When did they first post anything on social media?

What reviews do they have? Reviews are the best way to see how clients may be frustrated with the service of that particular firm.

Go to the locations they publicize both on their website and social media and see any consistency.
Do they have a physical office?
I know with the advent of COVID-19 people work from home but still, can you walk in at their offices for general inquiries??

Now you probably have about 2 or three that you want to further eliminate and remain with the flag bearer.

Go back to their websites and see if any pricing for what you want is listed and if you can afford and probably what consultation fee do they charge. I wouldn’t want to walk into a consultancy firm without a consultation fee just in case…

It’s probably time to reach out to the firms through their official communication lines.

Now here, in your mind you probably want the cheapest but remember, depending on the service you want provided, the operational costs differ.

By now, in your mind you already have a flag bearer but it’s time to let your EGO do its thing and call and let the firm convince your ID that they can handle the job.

This is where you will differentiate between QUACKS who want to quote cheap prices and get your money chapchap. They will tell a few weeks later that they are LOCKED DOWN in another County.

If you choose the quacks, there’s a high probability that you will still need the job done the right way by another firm.

This means more costs and you ending up blaming the entire private Investigation Industry yet the fault was on you.

Our part is to let you know…

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